Sierra Leone makes progress, lifts Ebola quarantine

| February 2, 2015

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Sierra Leone lifted its Ebola quarantine measures last week. President Ernest Bai Koroma declared, “Victory is in sight,” after a sharp drop in transmission.

In a televised address to the nation, Mr. Koroma said: “We are now entering a transition phase. Given the progress being made against the disease, we must take action to enable economic and social recovery.”

Sierra Leone has recorded more than 10,000 cases since the outbreak began in West Africa over a year ago. But signs suggest that the tide is turning against the disease.

Some households that are known to have Ebola patients will remain under quarantine. But, Mr. Koroma says, “Though victory is in sight, we must not relent; we must continue to soldier on.”

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